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When Aaron Burr was brought to trial in 1807, the dazzling battery of defense lawyers, sox in all and headed by Edmund Randolph, attorney general under Washington, included 'Jack Baker, a young but experienced defense lawyer.'He was made Jefferson County’s assistant commonwealth’s attorney and served four times as the president of the Court of Trustees. He was nominated to Congress, where he fought for pensioning soldiers from the Revolution and tried to provide options for Jefferson County farmers at market by making improvements near Georgetown. Baker bought a few houses in Shepherdstown. First inheriting the property on the northwest corner of Princess and New Streets, then purchasing this German Street location from John Mark and later purchasing the Episcopal Rectory on New Street.
SourcesKenamond, A. D.. Prominent Men of Shepherdstown During Its First 200 Years. A Jefferson County Historical Society Publication, 1963.
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